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I want to introduce myself. My name is Father Rust. I have been a priest for five years. I have been told that I am an enigma (a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand). 

Some people like to put others into boxes – to classify them. “This person is Liberal or Conservative; Rich or Poor; Smart or Dumb; Funny or Boring.” This desire to classify things is a normal behavior; even the ancients did it. Aristotle came up with his ten categories in order to classify all creation. I, probably a lot like you, don’t enjoy being put into boxes. Maybe because the boxes can’t fully explain who I am. Possibly because on any given day I could place myself into any of these boxes. But most certainly because, like you, I am such a unique and complex person that any attempt to categorize me does a great injustice to the part of me that doesn’t quite fit into the box that I’m put into. 
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” To be known by someone is to have shared a part of yourself with that person. Likewise, to know someone is to have received a part of them. Our Lord is here to reveal, to share, a part of God the Father with us. Jesus wants us to know God the Father, and the Father wants us to know God the Son. Let us quit trying to classify God and rather know Him as He truly is. Namely, let us know God in the ways He reveals Himself to us: today as Rest after a long day’s work. 
I’m looking forward to serving you at St. Patrick’s Parish; to knowing you and being known by you.

St. Patick's Parish Misssion StatementSt. Patick's Parish Misssion Statement

The Mission of St. Patrick’s Catholic Community is to proclaim and to live the Gospel message of unconditional love, healing and reconciliation through prayer, celebration and action on behalf of justice as a sign of hope for all God’s people.

“…Jesus also sent his apostles and disciples on a mission – to preach the Gospel, the good news that Jesus was and is the Messiah. Just like Jesus they preached the coming of the kingdom. In that way the disciples and apostles gathered people into a new family, a family that we know today as the Church.”

Living Our Catholicism . . . That Our Joy May Be Complete by Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD (page 20)


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St. Patrick's Catholic Church was founded in 1866 in the location it stands today, at the corner of Fourth and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (formerly Linden Ave.)

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